Tupac’s ‘California Love’ Hat On Auction Block, Mötley Crüe Connection Revealed
An auctioneer is taking bids for the fedora allegedly worn by Tupac in his 1995 video for “California Love.” The Biltmore Imperial homburg was a gift to the wife of a heavy metal icon and now it can be yours.
The hat was in the possession of Sharise Neil, who was married to Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Niel from 1987-1993. As part of the authentication process, Neil signed a letter explaining how she acquired ‘Pac’s famous fedora.
“This hat was given to me by TuPac [sic] after he was done filming the ‘California Love’ Video,” the letter reads. “TuPac [sic] wrote his name and number for me on this piece of paper. It has been in my personal possession since this time.”
Along with the sworn testament by Neil, there is also a ticket stub from a trip to Cabo San Lucas that included Tupac and members of Death Row Records.
The auction, held by Iconic Memorabilia, closes on March 3o. At press time, the highest bid is over $3,000.
As Radio.com previously reported, the slain rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur, promises to make available his “entire body of work” with a new Estate management deal.
According to a statement released February 13, Afeni Shakur signed a new deal with Jampol Artist Management, Inc. (JAM) to oversee Tupac’s Estate, which includes music, film, name and likeness, apparel, licensing and more.
“I believe it is our responsibility to make sure that Tupac’s entire body of work is made available for his fans,” said Afeni Shakur, in the statement. “My son left many incomplete pieces and even more unfinished ideas. Using the blueprints he gave us, I am committed to fulfilling this duty.”